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Old 12-03-2013, 04:53 PM
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one of my first rifles as a teenager back in the 50's was a brand new marlin lever action 22. the gun never failed to cycle and the accuracy was great.
thirty years later, I did a dumb thing and sold it.
now, as a collector and sometime shooter, I would like to add a marlin lever action to the stable, but I understand the new ones are junk.
if I go shopping, what are the best quality years to look for?
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:54 PM
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Anything up to when they started with the crossbolt safety.

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Old 12-03-2013, 05:55 PM
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one of my first rifles as a teenager back in the 50's was a brand new marlin lever action 22. the gun never failed to cycle and the accuracy was great.
thirty years later, I did a dumb thing and sold it.
now, as a collector and sometime shooter, I would like to add a marlin lever action to the stable, but I understand the new ones are junk.
if I go shopping, what are the best quality years to look for?
1. Pre-Remington always better than post Remington purchase of Marlin
2. Pre-1988 crossbolt safety is wise
3. Pre-microgroove is vintage collectible
4. Pre-WW2 are just beautiful

If you just want a general idea just find one you like that has the serial number under the lever. With the exception of #1 above there really isn't a "bad" year.
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:55 PM
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pre wwII models

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1. Pre-Remington always better than post Remington purchase of Marlin
2. Pre-1988 crossbolt safety is wise
3. Pre-microgroove is vintage collectible
4. Pre-WW2 are just beautiful

If you just want a general idea just find one you like that has the serial number under the lever. With the exception of #1 above there really isn't a "bad" year.
are the pre wwII's also 39's?
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:49 PM
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are the pre wwII's also 39's?

Pre-war 39"A"s were 1939-1941.

They were very "pretty"




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Old 12-03-2013, 09:01 PM
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handsome rifle

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very handsome rifle; is it a takedown?
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very handsome rifle; is it a takedown?
All 39a's are.


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Old 12-04-2013, 11:52 PM
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"....one of my first rifles as a teenager back in the 50's was a brand new marlin lever action 22. the gun never failed to cycle and the accuracy was great.
thirty years later, I did a dumb thing and sold it.
now, as a collector and sometime shooter, I would like to add a marlin lever action to the stable..."

i can relate to every word , and i did just as you want to do , just look carefully , you will find a nice one ,

i found this '59 vintage , i had no idea of worth at the time , just paid what was asked , i got a good deal , he was happy so im OK with it , came without the scope and sling , put those on for the wife as a courtesy

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Old 12-05-2013, 09:30 AM
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what models are these

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"....one of my first rifles as a teenager back in the 50's was a brand new marlin lever action 22. the gun never failed to cycle and the accuracy was great.
thirty years later, I did a dumb thing and sold it.
now, as a collector and sometime shooter, I would like to add a marlin lever action to the stable..."

i can relate to every word , and i did just as you want to do , just look carefully , you will find a nice one ,

i found this '59 vintage , i had no idea of worth at the time , just paid what was asked , i got a good deal , he was happy so im OK with it , came without the scope and sling , put those on for the wife as a courtesy

what models are these without the pistol grip. when were they made?
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:13 PM
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did not mean to hijack , OPs rifle is superb ,

to answer the question - well , top one is 1959 39a golden mountie , bottom is a henry goldenboy of about this decade - never really checked it exactly [new goal for the day]
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:21 PM
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Pre-war 39"A"s were 1939-1941.

They were very "pretty"




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All 39a's are.

Gorgeous case colors on that (those?)gun for sure!!
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:47 PM
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what does the star mean?

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did not mean to hijack , OPs rifle is superb ,

to answer the question - well , top one is 1959 39a golden mountie , bottom is a henry goldenboy of about this decade - never really checked it exactly [new goal for the day]


saw this on guns international. what is the significance of models with the star?
http://www.gunsinternational.com/Mar...n_id=100382316
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:15 PM
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saw this on guns international. what is the significance of models with the star?
http://www.gunsinternational.com/Mar...n_id=100382316
Nothing more than an inspectors stamp, but Marlin used it as a marketing gimmick. You will find it somewhere on almost every Marlin, from 1926-1941.

Just an fyi,
That 39 is priced close to twice what it's worth.
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:19 AM
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"Just an fyi,
That 39 is priced close to twice what it's worth."
That's what I was thinking but was not sure.
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